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Temporary Lane Closures at San Ysidro Border Crossing for Construction

Release Date: 
June 20, 2011

San Diego, California - Federal officials announced temporary lane closures at the San Ysidro border crossing to accommodate construction for the port of entry re-design.

Beginning Tuesday morning, June 21, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials anticipate that for the first time, construction for the new port of entry will require traffic lane closures during peak times, and when they would normally be open.

These temporary closures are expected to last no more than 30 hours at a time, and will affect a limited number of lanes. The San Ysidro port of entry will remain open to process travelers entering the U.S., but because delays may be possible, travelers are urged to consider using the Otay Mesa port of entry during peak traffic times.

"The ultimate outcome of this construction project will be a complete renovation of the San Ysidro port of entry, increasing the number of traffic lanes and inspection booths we have to process traffic entering the United States, which will decrease wait times," said Chris Maston, Director of Field Operations for CBP in San Diego. "However, we ask for the public's patience as we work towards reaching that goal, and their confidence that we are doing everything in our power to minimize traffic disruptions and delays."

The first closures will be from about 8:00 p.m. on Monday June 20 until about 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21 when four lanes from the east side of the port of entry will be closed. These closures are to complete construction; running new power, data, and other lines to provide temporary connectivity to the inspection booths.

The next set of temporary lane closures will be necessary to install suspended scaffolding above the inspection booths. The building that is above the inspection booths is being completely dismantled as part of the new construction for the port of entry. By installing the suspended scaffolding, officials can safely keep the port of entry open, while the construction crews are disassembling the building above.

For this portion of the construction project, officials anticipate the lanes being closed for 30 hours or less at a time, with no more that three lanes closed at any one time, to minimize any potential disruptions. The current schedule for lane closures is below.

  • From June 22 at 10 p.m. until June 24 at about 4 a.m. two lanes from the west side
  • From June 24 at 10 p.m. until June 26 at about 4 a.m. three lanes from the west side
  • From June 26 at 10 p.m. until June 28 at about 4 a.m. three lanes from the west side
  • From June 28 at 10 p.m. until June 30 at about 4 a.m. three lanes from the west side
  • From June 30 at 10 p.m. until July 2 at about 4 a.m. three lanes from the west side
  • From July 5 at 10 p.m. until July 7 at about 4 a.m. three lanes near the middle/west
  • From July 7 at 10 p.m. until July 9 at about 4 a.m. three lanes near the middle/west

This schedule may need to be modified once construction is underway. Travelers can get updated information about current lane closures and border wait times by calling (619) 690-8999 (San Ysidro border crossing) and (619) 671-8999 (Otay Mesa border crossing.)

Other closures and traffic re-routing at the port of entry are being conducted so as to not affect traffic.

For example, construction on the new pedestrian bridge was completed and the new bridge opened to the public before the former bridge was closed to the public.

Also, in the first few weeks of June, construction that required CBP to close traffic lanes at the port of entry was conducted at night, between the hours of 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. This allowed CBP to continue to have the same amount of throughput, as some of the 24 lanes are typically closed during this time of the night, because of lighter traffic volume.

Travelers may also note that beginning in mid-June, another traffic pattern will change. Beginning mid-June, the set of lanes exiting the port of entry on the west side, or to the left as drivers depart from the inspection booths, will be rerouted further to the east, or closer to the middle of the traffic lanes. Because these newly opened lanes will be capable of handling the same traffic exiting the border crossing as the lanes that will be closed, it is not expected that the re-routing of traffic will have any effect on traffic waits. The new traffic pattern, which begins in mid-June is expected to continue until spring 2012.

More information about the construction project at San Ysidro can be found online or by calling (888) 319-4169. (San Ysidro Construction Information)

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021